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[adult swim] - Adult-oriented television network that shares
channel space with Cartoon Network in
the United States. It features many animated shows, including original programming, syndicated shows, and Japanese anime, generally with minimal
or no editing for content.
A Scanner Darkly - A 2006 film directed
by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of identity and deception
in a near-future dystopia constantly monitored by intensive high-technology police surveillance in the midst of a huge drug addiction epidemic. To
give the film its distinct look, the movie was filmed digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope over the original footage. Also see
the artists/animators website and script by Charlie
Æon Flux - An avant garde American science fiction animated television series
that aired on MTV. It premiered in 1991 on MTV's Liquid Television experimental animation show as a six-part serial of
short films, followed in 1992 by five individual short episodes. In 1995 a season of ten half-hour episodes aired as a stand-alone series. Æon
Flux is set in a bizarre, dystopian, future world of mutant creatures, clones, and robots. The title character is a tall, bondage gear-clad
secret agent from Monica, skilled in assassination and acrobatics. Her mission is to infiltrate the strongholds of the neighboring country of Bregna,
which is led by her sometimes-nemesis and sometimes-lover Trevor Goodchild. Monica apparently represents a dynamic anarchist society, while Bregna
embodies a centralized, scientifically planned state. The names of their respective characters reflect this: Flux as the self-directed agent from
Monica and Goodchild as the technocratic leader of Bregna.
Alice (Czech: Něco z Alenky) - A 1988 Czech surrealist fantasy film by Jan
Švankmajer. It retells Lewis Carroll's first Alice book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in Svankmajer's unique
style. The film combines live action with stop motion animation. Alice is played by Kristýna Kohoutová, and the English dubbed version
features the voice of Camilla Power.
Animation - Maintained by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).
Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal - International
refereed publishing platform for animation that unites contributions from a wide range of research agendas and creative practice. Stimulating reading
for academics, researchers, students, curators and practitioners in animation, film and media studies, cultural studies, critical theory, architecture,
art & design, computer sciences, games studies and visual culture.
Animation Research Center (ARC) - Established in 2000 to promote
academic scholarship in the under-researched area of animation studies. With an emphasis on British and auteur animation, and less socio-historically
oriented, the ARC initiates, fosters and engages with the interdisciplinary relationships between animation, visual and film theories, architecture
and the fine arts.
Animation World Network (AWN) - Covering areas as diverse as animator profiles, independent film
distribution, commercial studio activities, licensing, CGI and other animation technologies, as well as in-depth coverage of current events in all
fields of animation, AWN gives its readers an easy to navigate, visually and intellectually creative mechanism to electronically
access a wealth of information. From studios to independent animators, from broadcasters to cartoon enthusiasts, from hardware manufacturers to consumers,
the Animation World Network has something for everybody.
Batman (The Animated Series) - An American, two time Emmy Award winning
animated series adaptation of the comic book series featuring the DC Comics superhero, Batman. The visual style of the series is
based on the artwork of producer Bruce Timm. The distinctive visual combination of film noir imagery and Art Deco designs with
a very dark color scheme was called "Dark Deco" by the producers. The Emmy Award-winning series quickly received wide acclaim for its distinctive
animation and mature writing, and it instantly became a hit. Fans of a wide age range praised the show's sophisticated, cinematic tone and psychological
stories. See Wikipedia article.
Big Cartoon Database, The - Providing an in-depth look at your favorite cartoon classics and animated
films. A searchable dataBase of cartoon information, animated guides, cartoon character and crew lists; everything from Disney cartoons to adult
Brothers Quay - Stephen and Timothy Quay are American identical
twin brothers better known as the Brothers Quay or Quay Brothers. They reside and work in England where they moved in 1969 after
studying illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, to study at the Royal College of Art. The Quays'
works (1979-present) show a wide range of often esoteric influences, starting with the Polish animators Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica and continuing
with the writers Franz Kafka, Bruno Schulz, Robert Walser and Michel de Ghelderode, puppeteers Wladyslaw Starewicz and Richard Teschner and composers
Leos Janacek, Zdenek Liska and Leszek Jankowski, the last of whom has created many original scores for their work. Czech animator Jan Švankmajer,
for whom they named one of their films (The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer), is also frequently cited as a major influence, but they actually
discovered his work relatively late, in 1983, by which time their characteristic style and preoccupations had been fully formed.
Chronology of Animation: Introduction - This is a
chronology of dates in the history of animation around the world. The main focus is on animation created for artistic/entertainment purposes although
it does have some coverage of animation created for education or advertising. It generally does not cover animation techniques used to create special
effects in live action cinema or television.
Daria - American animated television series that aired from 1997
to 2002. Created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The show follows Daria through her high school years, ending with her graduation
and acceptance into college. Daria and her best friend Jane Lane share their droll observations about their school's flaws. Also see Wikipedia.
Faust - Jan Švankmajer's film Faust was
made in the Czech Republic in 1994. It merges live-action footage with stop-motion footage and includes imaginative puppetry and claymation. The
Faust character is played by Petr Čepek. The film was produced by Jaromír Kallista. Although the film does not serve to accurately portray the Faustus
legend, it utilizes the legend in a rather imaginative way, borrowing and blending elements from the story as told by Goethe and Christopher Marlowe
with traditional folk renditions. It has a distinctly Modernist, Absurdist, Kafkaesque feel, especially with the setting in Prague. The tone is dark
but humorous. The voices in the English version were provided by Andrew Sachs.
Futurama - An Emmy Award-winning animated American sitcom created
by Matt Groening. Futurama is essentially a workplace sitcom whose plot revolves around the Planet Express delivery company and its employees,
a small group that doesn't conform to future society. Episodes invariably feature the central trio of Fry, Leela and Bender, though storylines centered
on the other main characters are common. Futurama is set in New New York at the turn of the 31st century, in a time filled with technological
wonders. The city of New New York has been built over the ruins of present-day New York City, referred to as "Old New York". Various devices and
architecture are similar to the Populuxe design. Global warming, inflexible bureaucracy and substance abuse are a few of the subjects given a 31st
century exaggeration in a world where the problems have become both more extreme and more common. See Wikipedia
Immortal - [In French: Immortel (Ad
Vitam)] A 2004 English language, but French-produced science fiction film, directed by artist Enki Bilal and based upon his graphic
novel La Foire aux immortels (The Carnival of Immortals). The film combines live action footage with computer animation. The
film takes place in New York City in the year 2095 where genetically altered humans live side-by-side with unaltered men and women, and where Central
Park has been mysteriously encased in an "intrusion zone" where people who attempt to enter are instantly killed. A strange pyramid has appeared
over the city; inside, the gods of ancient Egypt are judging Horus, one of their fellow gods, who has a man's body but the head of a falcon. In
the city below, Jill, a young woman with blue hair is arrested. Not completely human, she appears to be no more than a few months old, and possesses
a number of secret powers, including one that enables her to procreate with gods, though she knows nothing of this. Horus is given a limited time
to interact with the humans of New York and procreate. During his search for a host body, Horus encounters Nikopol, a rebel condemned to 30 years
of hibernation who has escaped his prison a year early. Horus has been unsuccessful in attempting to take over the bodies of other humans; due
to an incompatibility with the genetic alterations humans have undergone, the host bodies self-destruct while attempting to accommodate a "god ".
Nikopol's body is acceptable as it has been frozen in prison/storage and not undergone the genetic changes causing the rejections. Horus takes
partial control of Nikopol's body and starts looking for a woman he can rape to provide him a son, before his death sentence is carried out. When
Horus/Nikopol discover Jill, they become entangled in a web of murder and intrigue.
LooneyTunes - Online destination for all things Looney Tunes, featuring news and info about your favorite characters, cartoons and more. Looney Tunes is
a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. It preceded the Merrie
Melodies series and is Warner Bros. Animation's first animated theatrical series. Also see Wikipedia article.
Persepolis - A 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi's
autobiographical graphic novel of the same name. The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud. The story follows a young girl
as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The title is a reference to the historic city of Persepolis. Also see Wikipedia
Popeye - Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in
comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows. Popeye's strange, comic, and often supernatural adventures take him all over
the world, and place him in conflict with enemies such as the Sea Hag and Bluto. His main base of operations is the fictional town of Sweet Haven. Popeye's
father is the degenerate Poopdeck Pappy, who does not share his son's moral righteousness and is represented as having abandoned Popeye in some sources. Popeye's
sweetheart (and in some sources, wife) for over 77 years has been Olive Oyl, although the two characters often bickered, especially at the beginning
of Popeye's appearances. Popeye is the adoptive father of Swee'Pea, an infant foundling left on his doorstep. (Sweet Pea is a term
of affection used by Popeye; in the cartoon We Aim to Please, he addressed Olive Oyl as "Sweet Pea" at one point.) Popeye made
his film debut in Popeye the Sailor, a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon (Betty only makes a brief appearance, repeating her hula dance from Betty
Boop's Bamboo Isle). It was for this short that Sammy Lerner's famous I'm Popeye the Sailor Man song was written. I Yam What
I Yam became the first entry in the regular Popeye the Sailor series.
qubo.com - A groundbreaking bilingual, multi-platform entertainment destination
for children that focuses on literacy, values and healthy lifestyles while celebrating the unlimited possibilities of a child's imagination.
Renaissance Making Of - An animated cyberpunk/science fiction detective
film by French director Christian Volckman. Motion capture with 40 actors and computer-generated imagery were used to create the film's
distinctive black and white animated visual style. The actors wore black suits with markers dotted along the surface which recorded movement from
their limbs, faces and eyes. All acting was performed against a bluescreen in a digital backlot. Once a scene was recorded, computer software was
used to build 3D animated models around the motion captured data. The bluescreen was used to create a virtual setting around the models. The black
and white effect was added later using lighting. Also see Wikipedia article.
Sita Sings the Blues - Directed, written, produced, designed
and animated by Nina Paley. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India,
then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation
of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues earns its tagline as The
Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.
Svankmajer, Jan - A Czech surrealist artist. His work spans several media.
He is known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, The Brothers
Quay and many others. Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to
make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. Of particular intrest: Alice and Faust.
Waltz with Bashir - A 2008 animated film directed by Ari Folman.
Other credits include David Polonsky (Art Director), Yoni Goodman (Chief Animator) and Max Richter (score). It took four years to complete and is
an international co-production between Israel, Germany and France. The film deals with the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, an unusually sombre subject
for an animated film. The film belongs to a rare genre called the "animated documentary". Also see Wikipedia article.
Watership Down - A 1978 animated film directed by Martin Rosen and
based on the book by Richard Adams. Although the essentials of the plot remained relatively unchanged, several side plots and asides were
removed to help the storyline flow better, and some minor characters were downplayed. Though the Watership Down warren eventually grew to
seventeen rabbits, with the additions of Strawberry, Holly, Bluebell, and three hutch rabbits liberated from the farm, the movie only includes a
band of eight. Despite these changes, Rosen's adaptation was praised for "cutting through Adams' book, to get to the beating heart". See Wikipedia
Who Framed Roger Rabbit - A technically-marvelous film blending animated, ink-and-paint
cartoon characters and flesh-and-blood live actors, in a convincing comedy/mystery noir thriller, set in Los Angeles in 1947. The film is a delightful
spoof of the hard-boiled Sam Spade films and reminiscent of the recent Chinatown (1974), (complete with a sultry, femme fatale humanoid
Toon named Jessica Rabbit (Jessica Turner, uncredited, with singing voice by Amy Irving, executive producer Steven Spielberg's wife at the time),
and a case involving alleged marital infidelity ("pattycake"), murder, a missing will, blackmail, and a conspiracy hatched by evil, Toon-hating Judge
Doom (Christopher Lloyd) (of Cloverleaf Industries). Doom's plan is to bring freeways to LA, thereby ruining the existing Pacific & Electric
Red Car public transport electric trolley system. There was, in fact, a real-life corporate conspiracy to 'doom' the trolley system and encourage
automobile use, orchestrated by General Motors, Firestone, and Standard Oil of California.
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